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2015 Movie Rundown

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Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender

For the last 15 or so years, I’ve focused on film and, more recently, television programming, as the subject of my commentary. Much of my time has been spent interviewing creators, which gives me some perspective on work they create.

Cate Blanchett

Carol

In reviewing what I’ve seen, this is a fair representation of what’s worthwhile. I’m inclined to support films that challenge and justify the time spent viewing them. Often high-profile, artistic films meant as award contenders get kick-started with The New York Film Festival and then land in theaters to qualify. Most are worthy of the nom talk they’ve gotten. Two of those contenders include Todd Haynes’ languidly directed Carol which offers sterling performances from Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird and Rooney Mara as her lover Therese Belivet. These lesbians try to cope with their love in the 1950s. In Steve Jobs, Michael Fassbender plays the game changing tech giant in a stylized Aaron Sorkin penned meditation on drive and success with Kate Winslet playing Jobs’ confidante/marketing exec Joanna Hoffman.

Helen Mirren , Trumbo

Helen Mirren , Trumbo

This year’s Oscar race comes down to a fight between well-meaning biopics or films based on established books with few exceptions. Among those on the best actor front are Bryan Cranston (as Dalton Trumbo in Trumbo), Mark Rylance (as Abel Rudolph in Bridge of Spies) and Idris Elba as the Commandant in the painful Beasts Of No Nation (not to mention Abraham Attah whoplays the child soldier Agu). Will Smith as Dr. Bennett Amalou also turned out an uncanny performance in the NFL busting Concussion.

Spotlight

Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight has an ensemble cast — Brian D’arcy James (Matty Carroll), Michael Keaton (Walter “Robby” Robinson), Rachel McAdams (Sacha Pfeiffer), Mark Ruffalo (Michael Rezendes),  Liev Schreiber (Marty Baron), John Slattery (Ben Bradlee, Jr.), Stanley Tucci (Mitchell Garabedian)  — that deserves awards for a near perfect look into investigative journalism.

On the best actress front, Helen Mirren gets nods for playing both Hedda Hopper (in Trumbo) and Maria Altmann (in Woman in Gold) – two very different yet equally compelling performances. Solid on all counts was Saoirse Ronan as Eilis in the positive immigration story Brooklyn. But it’s Brie Larson as Ma in Room who shines in revealing to audiences what it’s like to survive as a sexual slave held in a shed for seven years.

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Alejandro Iñarritu’s jaw-dropper, The Revenant, is rich with gritty realism thanks to seamless special effects (bear fights, a horse going over an ice cliff falling on a tree, a wild rapids run),  and natural lighting, and knuckle-gnawed performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Domnhall Gleeson, Will Poulter, and Tom Hardy who escapes into his character — the nasty John Fitzgerald.

Lots of indie dramas get made and are released; however, not all are noteworthy and go unseen. Several succeed with top-ranking stars as their anchors, who showed their chops in under-the-radar films. Already in the awards cavalcade is 99 Homes with a villainous Michael Shannon as real estate manipulator Rick Carver. Others deserving of attention include Mississippi Grind (by the directors of Half Nelson) with Ryan Reynolds as an ammoral gambler. Kevin Bacon anchored the twisted police drama Cop Car; Mark Ruffalo played a bi-polar dad in Infinitely Polar Bear; Tobey McGuire played chess prodigy Bobby Fisher in Pawn Sacrifice and Chewitel Edjifor in the post-apocalyptic Z for Zachariah. Young Jacob Tremblay as Jack in Room, offered an eerie insider feel for what’s like being raised in a one room shed. Of all these indies, James Ponsoldt’s two-hander look into celeb journalism, The End of the Tour — which recalled a 1996 interview between the late novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) and Rolling Stone journalist David Lipksy (Jesse Eisenberg) — is an incredible showcase that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Another film Love and Mercy, explores the impact of fame and success on a man’s life through his music. It follows Beach Boys’ major domo Brian Wilson at two critical points in his life.

Though it failed to gain more theater goers, Aflonso Gomez-Rejon’s quirky and humorous Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,  a Sundance darling, is now finding new audiences,  thanks to its clever and soulful screenplay by Jesse Andrews (adapting his own book).

In Grandma, Lily Tomlin delivers one of her best performances as a sharp-tongued grandmother who attempts to raise money for her granddaughter’s abortion. This tour-de-force turn should bring her Best Actress nom.

In Mistress America, Greta Gerwig’s kooky Manhattanite Brooke, annoys and charms — sort of as a representative of her whole generation. It is Lola Kirke’s performance as her protege that adds depth to the film and a critique of young women of this century.

Speaking of sexually driven comedies, two topped my list of films. They seemed trivial, but had a lot more going on once the laughs wore off. In the high-profile Trainwreck, Amy Schumer addressed modern sexual anxiety while The Overnight combined laughs with psycho-sexual profiles of the modern couple.

Notable for its exploration of aging is Oscar-winning Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth which stars Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel as old friends staying at a Swiss resort reviewing their decades-long friendship against a panorama of characters (including Paul Dano and a hyperactive appearance by Jane Fonda).

Then there’s those brilliantly British movies that turn into award contenders every season. Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl qualifies with Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne playing the first reported trans-sexual Einar Wegener/Lili Elbe and the exceptional Alica Vikander as the all-suffering wife Gerda Wegener. Also Far From the Madding Crowd and Suffragette — both starring a capable Carey Mulligan, Mr Holmes and Maggie Smith’s crazy old lady dramedy, The Lady In The Van.

On the urban front, two films sucked up the attention. The N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton unfolds in the ‘80s and ’90s, but its searing look at urban crisis and police brutality resonate in a Black Lives Matter world. It’s also topped the box office three weeks in a row. And Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq tackles black-on-black crime filtered through the Greek play and character Lysistrata.

In the animated realm, two films revises our expectations such as Boy And The World

Brazilian director/writer and animator Alê Abreu’s 80 minute musical with no dialogue. A young boy’s journey unfolds with the child-like animation taking on greater complexity as his world expands, depicting a clash between village and city, hand crafted and mechanized, rich and poor. Shaun The Sheep is another wordless stop-motion animation from the Ardman Studios worth seeing for its twist-turn tale of farm animals in the city.

But the one most likely to win an award is Pixar’s box office juggernaut Inside Out ($300 million plus); director Pete Docter gives life to a sea of conflicting emotions — like Joy, Sadness and Fear — set inside a young girl’s head. It will probably be nominated in the top Oscar category, becoming the fourth animated film (after Beauty and the Beast, Up” and Toy Story 3) to do so.

Every time someone says the western is over — that it no longer taps into this country’s zeitgeist   — a film or two is made that revises that assessment. Late in 2015, two of the finest revenge/action movies — though long and sometimes unwieldy — have captured the media’s attention.

Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is a wild ride trapped in one snowed-in cabin, and it’s garnered six Critics Choice noms and three Golden Globe nominations so far. With a cast that includes uber talented Jennifer Jason Leigh — who gives an amazing hard-scrapple performance —  along with Kurt Russell (with an amazing mustache), Quentin vets Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Walton Goggins and Tim Roth, legend Bruce Dern and Demian Bichir, welcome to the twisted, genre-soaked universe of Tarantino.

Daniel Barber’s The Keeping Room which unfolds as northern troops advance towards victory in the rural South during the Civil War’s final moments was powerfully surprising. Three women at its center — Augusta (Brit Marling), teenage sister Louise (Hailee Steinfeld) and their slave Mad (Muna Otaru) — wait for a salvation that will never come, so they fend off violent men while finding an escape.

Largely ignored, except in the technical categories, blockbuster popcorn pics drive the business,  are more concerned with delivering spectacle rather than a message. Setting Star Wars The Force Awakens aside, films like Mad Max – Fury Road and Jurassic World deserve comment not only for their revision of well-worn franchises but also of how well they used effects to support their stories.

The latest in the James Bond series, Spectre, and Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation ranks with the best of them. To quote another writer, “Any movie that straps Tom Cruise to the side of an A-400 plane during takeoff deserves a little Oscar love.”

But it was the ultra-realistic, drug revenge fueled Sicario and moreso, The Martian, that shine as mainstream films that work as art. Nearly as perfect a film as any, director Ridley Scott’s made a moving version of a scientifically accurate and compelling Robinson Carusoe on Mars.

Oscar picks

Could these make it to the Oscars?

And as a final side note, Ken Branagh should get props for making a beautiful version of Cinderella. Cate Blanchett again delivers a sterling performance as a sympathetic wicked stepmother. Blanchett, Vikander, Mirren and Mulligan reminds us what an amazing year it has been for so many actors.

 

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Happy Belated Birthday Judy Garland

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Judy Garland, born Frances Ethel Gumm met the world on June 10, 1922 and passed away June 22, 1969. I wanted to do a tribute to her life and career, which was marked by extraordinary talent, incredible achievements, and an enduring influence in music and film. Judy triumphed in the face of adversity. Her ability to connect with audiences on a deeply emotional level made her an enduring presence.

Garland’s career began at a young age, performing in vaudeville as “The Gumm Sisters.” Her voice, was characterized by its rich timbre and emotional connection to the material. Her rendition of “Over the Rainbow” from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz remains one of the most beloved songs in cinematic history. “You Made Me Love You” from “Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937), “Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart” from “Listen, Darling” (1938), “For Me and My Gal from “For Me and” My Gal” (1942), “The Trolley Song” from “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944), “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from “Meet Me in St. Louis” (1944),    ” On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe” from “The Harvey Girls” (1946), “Easter Parade” From “Easter Parade” (1948), “Get Happy” from “Summer Stock” (1950) and “The Man That Got Away” from  “A Star is Born” (1954) are all Judy Garland hits.

Judy Garland’s film career was part of the Golden Age of Hollywood. Micky Rooney, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire were her leading men. Her performances were not only entertaining but also deeply moving, showcasing her incredible range as an actress.

Garland’s broke barriers as a performer, becoming a symbol of resilience and determination. Despite facing numerous personal struggles, she delivered unforgettable performances.

The impact she had on the entertainment industry paved the way for future generations of performers. She will be forever remembered

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The Original Captain Jack Sparrow: Johnny Depp’s Tattoo Artist Triumphs At Cinema Village This Weekend in “Scab Vendor”

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The streets were alive with the buzz of anticipation as Cinema Village prepared to host NY’s wild and untamed VIP premiere of Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist, a documentary that plunges deep into the chaotic and electrifying life of the legendary tattoo artist Jonathan Shaw. This is not your average film screening; this is a journey into the heart of madness, a redemptive descent into the underworld of ink and rebellion.

 Shaw was a divisive figure even in New York City’s outlaw tattoo subculture. A native New Yorker born to privilege, the Hollywood-raised son of bandleader Artie Shaw and actress Doris Dowling spent the bulk of his youth swept between the flotsam of parental neglect to hangouts at Jim Morrison’s place and campfires with Charles Manson. 

Joe Colman, Jonathan Shaw

Flexing his elevated education Shaw began writing for the Free Press and, armed with whiskey and beer, managed to wrest an interview from Charles Bukowski who promptly enlightened Shaw to his self-emasculating entitlement. He was a snowflake, if you will.  A nepo punk who needed to cast off all protection and seek wide ranging, envelope-pushing experiences in order to become the creator he aspired to be.

Joe Colman

Scab Vendor‘s Brazilian filmmakers adeptly reflect the brave alt-culture erraticism mirrored in Shaw. The production is peppered with Sisso Barros’ emotive animation that energetically  moves the history along. A multigenerational direction team of Mariana Thome & Lucas De Barros have created in Scab Vendor an easy streaming pleasure, a semi-surreal radical fairy tale of an anti-hero’s journey to something like deliverance. 

Eugene Hütz, Jonathan Shaw, John Joseph. Photo courtesy of Clayton Patterson

With cameos from NYC rockers Iggy Pop, Gogol Bordello’s Eugene Hütz and Cro-mags’ John Joseph, along with glamorously reckless party pics of Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, the film secures Shaw’s impact as the counter-culture bridge from NYC’s illegal underground tattoo parlors and LA’s white hot global lens. 

photo courtesy Clayton Patterson

Shaw’s celebrity is well earned and largely stabilized by his gritty risk taking and repeated determination to position himself among the great American tattoo artists of the day. Even as the artistic sensibility and scope demonstrated by his famous parents pushed him beyond the dreams of these and his Beat Generation icons.

Clayton Patterson, Lucas de Barros, Mariana Thome

LES archivist Clayton Patterson weighed in on Shaw’s importance to NYC’s 90’s counterculture when he secretly opened Fun City, the city’s oldest tattoo shop still thriving on St. Mark’s Place. “Shaw was the major rep between east coast and west coat and that counted for a lot. He became the editor of the world’s most sophisticated tattoo magazine and took that to LA and helped make tattoos a legitimate art form. Here in New York where his shop and community were you couldn’t become famous. It’s classic Jonathon, he lives the contrast and takes opportunities from both sides. “

Jonathan Shaw-as-bridge between the old New York and it’s stroller strewn modern iteration is echoed often among his circle of supporters. Bronx-based attorney Stacey Richman observed on the artist’s nature after she successfully defended him from a massive weapons charge in 2011. “Jonathan is a collector,” she explains, speaking about the trove of guns and finely forged knives discovered by movers when Shaw relocated west to begin recovery. “Back in the day, you could buy an AK-47 on Canal Street. He had licenses for all the weapons and they were stored away for years along with art and other ephemera. As the laws changed, people like Jonathan got caught in the middle.”

As fascinating as all this NYC history is, Scab Vendor is a deep treat on many levels. The hilarity and delight as an ungloved Johnny Depp gouges “OCJ” into Shaw’s arm amongst loud curses and complaints is fly-on-the-wall celebrity pleasure. Shaw’s struggle with addiction and his resolve for compassionate communication with his parents and far-flung son is a pointed lesson in masculine evolution. As Shaw continues his shaman era (a term the showman rebukes) from his Rio de Janeiro retreat it would appear that the mountain of acclaim has now come to the man.

Now Playing: Scab Vendor: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist

June 14-16 

Cinema Village

22 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003  

Special Events:

  • Director’s Q&A: On Friday, June 14, join directors Lucas de Barros and Mariana Thome for an insightful Q&A session following the 7 PM screening.
  • Meet Jonathan Shaw: The renowned tattoo artist will be present at the showings, providing a unique opportunity to hear his stories firsthand and gain insights into his extraordinary career.

Why You Shouldn’t Miss This: “Scab Vendor” is based on Shaw’s 2017 book of the same name and features music by Iggy Pop and Gogol Bordello. The documentary explores Shaw’s rise to fame, his struggles with addiction, and his profound influence on the tattoo culture in NYC and beyond.

A Special Treat for Collectors: For those looking to add a permanent piece of Shaw’s art to their collection, Jonathan Shaw will be tattooing at his World Famous Tattoo City over the weekend. This is a rare chance to be inked by the artist who helped shape the tattoo culture in New York City.

Be There: Head to Cinema Village this weekend to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Jonathan Shaw. Don’t miss the chance to be part of this special event, meet the icon who revolutionized tattooing, and experience his incredible story through the lens of those who knew him best.

Get Your Tickets: Tickets are available now for the screenings and special events. Join us at Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, NYC, and be part of this unforgettable celebration of a tattoo legend

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Tribeca Festival World Premiere of ‘Following Harry’

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“Following Harry” had its world premiere at Tribeca Festival this weekend.

The film begins with Harry Belafonte at the age of 84, embarking on a deeply personal journey, disrupting injustice over the next ten years by passionately encouraging a diverse group of entertainers and activists to overcome soaring national unrest and anger, by believing that love has the power to redirect oppression into oblivion.

The story unfolds like a poem punctuated by a collection of provocative and deeply personal ruminations from Belafonte. Featuring conversations with Aloe Blacc, Aja Monet, Angela Davis, Jesse Williams, Phillip Agnew, Jamie Foxx, Carmen Perez, Matt Post, Chuck D, Talib Kweli, Rosario Dawson among others, the film encourages today’s youth to use their strength to meet complex social issues with love, compassion, and a fierce determination to stand for justice. It’s our turn to carry this forward.

Director/Editor Susanne Rostock
Produced by Frankie Nasso, Edward Zeng, Susanne Rostock
Executive Produced by Harry Belafonte, Pamela Belafonte, Jeffrey Kranzdorf, Karol Martesko-Fenster
Co-Produced by Douglas Dicconson

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Randy Edelman

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is filmed live every Wednesday from the Hotel Edison.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Randy Edelman about his extensive musical career. Some of Edelman’s best known films scores include Twins, Ghostbusters IIBeethoven, Gettysburg, Angels in the Outfield, The Mask, Dragonheart, Gettysburg and so many more. If you known the Carpenter’s “You,” Barry Manilow’s “Weekend in New England,” Olivia Newton-John’s “If Love Is Real” Dionne Warwick’s “The Laughter and the Tears,” Blood, Sweat & Tears “Blue Street” and many others, these were written by Randy.

Randy will be performing this Friday, June 14th at Chelsea Table & Stage at 9:30pm

Randy appeared thanks to Eileen Shapiro.

We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms. We were also gifted a poster in the lobby.

I am so grateful to my guest Randy Edelman

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News just named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, PodcastsThe company we are in, has made us so humbled, grateful and motivated to continue.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

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https://www.pandora.com/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/PC:1001084740

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https://www.stitcher.com/show/1084740

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Amazon:

https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/e3ac5922-ada8-4868-b531-12d06e0576d3

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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/live-from-the-edison-hotel-times-square-chronicles-presents/id1731059092

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A JON BON SURPRISE — (Via Ultimate Classic Rock) Jon Bon Jovi played a surprise five-song set in Nashville on Friday, June 7.

The intimate performance celebrated the grand opening of JBJ’s, the new rooftop bar and restaurant owned by Jon Bon Jovi. It also came on the day Bon Jovi released their sixteenth studio album, Forever.

The show was notable considering the lingering uncertainty surrounding Jon Bon Jovi’s voice. The singer underwent vocal surgery in 2022 and has been enduring a long road to recovery ever since. The frontman recently confirmed he’ll be unable to tour in support of his new album, noting that he’s “more than capable of singing again,” but that “two and a half hours a night, four nights a week” would not be possible.

The frontman’s voice appeared pitchy but strong during the Nashville club set. Bon Jovi showcased plenty of his trademark energy during the gig, dancing on the small stage and engaging fans to sing along with him.

The performance opened with “Blood on Blood,” the stirring album cut from Bon Jovi’s classic 1988 LP New Jersey. According to Ssetlist.fm, this marked the first time “Blood on Blood” has been performed in concert since 2019.

Later, the singer addressed his absence from performing.

“It’s been a couple of years since I’ve been up on a stage with some people in the house,” Bon Jovi declared midway through the set. “Too long, too long. Yeah, it feels good. I hope it sounds good, because it feels good.”

Bon Jovi also acknowledged Nashville’s importance in his band’s history, noting that they’d spent “so much time” writing and recording in the town. “I always jokingly say, Nashville, this is my people.”

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil. Jelly Roll and Big Kenny from Big and Rich were among the celebrities on hand for Bon Jovi’s club gig. Other highlights on the night included a rousing rendition of “You Give Love a Bad Name” and the lead single from Forever, “Legendary.”

See the complete set list below, along with video of the entire performance.

Bon Jovi, 6/7/24, JBJ’s, Nashville, Set List

1.  “Blood on Blood”
2. “We Weren’t Born to Follow”
3. “You Give Love a Bad Name”
4. “Born to Be My Baby”
5. “Legendary”

Jon’s been very, very visible of late. From his Hulu-four-part show to stints on everything from Kelly Clarkson to Jimmy Kimmel and it seems to me he’s been a tad overexposed. Sure, he’s got a new album to sell as well as the cable-series, but his logline seems to be over whether he can tour … or not.  And, apparently, he can’t.

Honestly, that’s gotten bigger play than his rumored feud with Richie Sambora. I know Jon and he’s smart as a fox. He and his PR-person, which I believe is Brad Cafarelli, have done a stellar job.

This Nashville-appearance was after he may the ‘I can’t tour’ announcement, so what gives?

I’d love to know who he played with in Nashville. Was it some of the Bon Jovi-band or just some Nashville-players? Maybe we should ask Brad.

George Harrison

GO GEORGE — We loved this story from Far Out Magazine about George Harrison and Phil Collins:

The seed for his prank on the Genesis drummer began back in 1970 when Collins was a teenage session musician who grew up in absolute awe of everything Beatles related.

At the time, Collins was in his former band Flaming Youth and wouldn’t audition to join Genesis until later on in the same year.

“Our manager got a call from Ringo Starr’s chauffeur, who said they needed a percussionist, and he suggested me,” said Phil.

“So I went down to Abbey Road, and Harrison was there and Ringo and Billy Preston and Klaus Voormann and Phil Spector, and we started routing the song.”

George was recording his debut solo album, All Things Must Pass.

“No one told me what to play, and every time they started the song, Phil Spector would say, ‘Let’s hear guitar and drums,’ or ‘Let’s hear bass and drums.’ I’m not a conga player, so my hands are starting to bleed. And I’m cadging cigarettes off Ringo – I don’t even smoke, I just felt nervous. Anyway, after about two hours of this, Phil Spector says, ‘Okay congas, you play this time.’ And I’d had my mic off, so everybody laughed, but my hands were shot.”

“After that they all disappeared – someone said they were watching TV or something – and I was told I could go. A few months later, I buy the album from my local record shop, look at the sleeve notes, and I’m not there. And I’m thinking, ‘There must be some mistake!’ But it’s a different version of the song, and I’m not on it.”

Once Collins would become a world-famous star in his own right, he and George were back in contact.

“Cut to years later,” Collins added. “I bought [former Formula 1 driver] Jackie Stewart’s house. Harrison was a friend of Jackie’s, and Jackie told me George was remixing All Things Must Pass.

“He said, ‘You were on it, weren’t you?’ And I said, ‘Well I was there.’ Two days later a tape’s delivered from George Harrison with a note saying: ‘Could this be you? Suddenly the congas come in – too loud and just awful. At the end of the tape you hear George Harrison saying, ‘Hey, Phil, can we try another without the conga player?’

“So now I know, they didn’t go off to watch TV, they went somewhere and said, ‘Get rid of him,’ cos I was playing so badly. Then Jackie rings and says, ‘I’ve got someone here to speak to you,’ and puts George on and he says, ‘Did you get the tape?’ and I said, ‘I now realise I was fired by a Beatle.’ He says, ‘Don’t worry, it was a piss-take. I got Ray Cooper to play really badly, and we dubbed it on. Thought you’d like it!’ I said, ‘You f**king bastard!’”, Collins then reminisced in hindsight, “It was lovely, wasn’t it?”

Yes, George went out of his way to pay a whole band to spend a day in the studio with him just so he could pull a joke on Phil Collins.

The Killers

SHORT TAKES — Our spy at the weekend’s Governor’s Ball said The Killers were spectacular. They played “Mr. Brightside” and “Andy, You’re A Star” (first time in seven years). One of my favorite bands, ever! Great to hear this …

Dick Van Dyke

Congrats to Dick Van Dyke at 98 winning an Emmy for his stint on Days of Our Lives. Bravo! …

This Thursday at the Landis Theatre in Vineland, New Jersey, is a special screening of The Zombie Wedding. Based on the hit interactive play (which premiered in 2015). The first-ever wedding between a Human Bride and a Zombie Groom; starring Heather Matarazzzo; Kevin Chamberlin; Vincent Pastore and Micky Dolenz.

Details to follow from producer Robert Dragotta … Watched Michael Mann’s Ferrari over the weekend and just loved it. Adam Driver; Penelope Cruz and Shailene Woodley were just extraordinary. Not your typical Mann-pic either. A must-see for sure …

And also caught Netflix’s Hitman with Glen Powell-the man-of-the-moment in film. He’s great, sort of a George Clooney-in the making. Directed by Richard Linklater – a surprise. Kind of a silly premise, but he carries it admirably and does his love-interest, the sultry Adria Arjona – who makes a rather memorable debut.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Jane Blunkell; Dan Zelinski; Jane Berk; Howard Bloom; Peter Lubin; Stu Taub; Roy Trakin; David Adelson; Michael Nice; Joel Diamond; Mark Bego; Jimmy Fallon; Julie Gurovitsch; Vince Napolitano; Obi Steinman; Peter Abraham; David Sanborn; Craig Zisk; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Brad Balfour; Jill Christiansen; Anni Bella; Lush Ice; Markos Papadatos; and Bella.

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